Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1968-08-28
1. Dark Star >
2. St. Stephen >
3. The Eleven >
4. Death Don't Have No Mercy
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Avalon BallroomLocation San Francisco, CASource SBD:?>Latvala's reel>PCM>CDR>EAC>CDRLineage CDR > EAC (secure) > Cool Edit (minor fix) > CDWav(tracking) > mkwact(seekable) > shnTaped by Dick LatvalaTransferred by Steve Martin and Matt Vernon
1. Mastered to CDR by Steve Martin: "I transfered Dicks reel on a revox A77 onto a Sony F2 PCM unit. My Beta Pcm I transfered to CD-R directly Using Cardas cables." Hiss predominant through first 28 seconds of d1t1 then improves considerably.
2. flaws noted by mvernon
d1t2 - drop out ~2:44 - 2:47
d1t3 ~ initial vocals extremely weak, barely audible
spectral analysis shows almost no frequencies higher than ~5khz, imparting a distant, slightly "tunnel" sound. Nevertheless, it is quite listenable.
3. Vol. 1 of the Taper's Compendium lists a "Schoolgirl" as the first number along with a Bill Graham introduction. At this time these are no longer associated with this date.
4. Deadlists has the following comments:
The first two bars of Dark Star are clipped. In the first verse, Jerry sings: "Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes. Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis." And then, instead of "Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion" he sings: "Glass hand dissolving... recedes in the nights of goodbye". He realizes he's out in no man's land as he sort of trails off a bit while singing "goodbye". The next verse is: "Shall we go, you and I while we can, Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?" He sings "transitive NIGHT fall of diamonds" as if expecting Phil to hit the high harmonies, but realizing as soon as he sings "night" that no one's coming to the rescue.
April 13, 2015
Many recordings of great shows from this period are superior in quality.
June 15, 2009
Listenable audio, but a great set
These August shows are a high point in 1968. In addition to this 8/28/68 set, 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, and 8/24 are excellent. This one was recorded just a few days after the Two From the Vault shows (8/23-8/24), and has the same energy and creativity as all four of those shows.
This is actually just a set, but a very good one. A beautiful Dark Star that disproves the idea that Jerry didn’t learn how to play guitar until the 1970’s. St. Stephen rocks, and the Eleven may be the best of this run of stellar shows. The Eleven is the high point of this set. Jerry flies through it at mach speed with Phil close behind. It starts out with high energy, but picks of up speed after the vocals, imperceptibly changing key for the slowing and landing into Death Don’t Have no Mercy.
Unfortunately, Death Don’t Have No Mercy is weak. The band gets lost and stumbles a few times, and it doesn’t have the passion of others of this period. It doesn’t match the ones of the previous week. The volume of the recording here is also very low.
Things snap back into focus with Lovelight. Jerry does a nice job soloing and jamming behind Pigpen’s rap.
The audio quality is listenable, but certainly below par. If you want to hear very similar shows of good audio quality, check out 8/21, 8/22, 8/23 here at Archive. There’s also the 8/23 - 8/24 material, which was released as “Two From the Vault”. (The 8/23 material here at Archive is not included on TFTV.)